Thursday, May 25, 2017

SOAKED


SOAKED to the Bone.
Miserable out there this morning.  Steady pouring rain.  I was soaked by the third spot.  And I knew I had at least 14 more to go.  I hurried and finished up in one hour.  Every item of clothing was drenched, and I mean EVERY item.

There is not a lot to report when you are running to your shelters because of the rain to pour food and water down, and shake a few towels out.  You say hello to whoever is brave enough to come to the dryness underneath the boards, or come out of the shelters.  There weren't many to be seen.

Back at the ranch, I am trying to wean the four kittens I have so that Taco can get more milk from mom, because he really doesn't like the bottle or dropper I am trying to supplement him with.  Mom is getting bored too.  She wants to move around more. I am glad I made the decision to move her into my office.  She has a window perch she can sit on, but hasn't stayed on too long - she is very concerned about the babies who cry when she is not there.

I am obsessed with these kittens.  I came home from work yesterday and just sat and played with them.  Here are some pics!

BEAR!

GEORGE and POSIE!

ROSIE!

POSIE and TOESIE!

ROSIE, POSIE and TOESIE!

TOESIE!

ROSIE and POSIE!
Little Taco finally has both eyes open.  I am thinking he is just close to two weeks now.  The other four are close to four weeks, and are just starting to play with each other, and rolling around.  No teeth yet, but their little gums sure are strong when they are trying to nibble your finger!  The kittens my sister has - Ben, Jerry, Mike and Ike - are about 5 weeks, and same with the ones Jennifer is fostering - Spice, Sugar, Tiggy, Teddy and TJ.  Maddie was spayed on Tuesday.  She is doing great. She is about 8 weeks old, according to what the vet calculated.

I took these two pics of Taco this morning, but of course, they are either always moving, or my phone camera is not the best.  Here is Taco sleeping on his brother Rosie (yes - BROTHER Rosie - I had a look this morning, and I THINK they are all boys!)


And Taco stretching!  He is so much tinier than his brothers.



That's it for now.  I have the day off tomorrow, and boy do I need it.  PS, everyone knows that I will not adopt out a cat to you if you allow kitty outdoors.   There are so many dangers out there.   I found this article interesting with suggestions on how to keep your loved one content and happy.

Give Him Some Space
Everyone needs a little spot they can call their own. Create a convenient resting area in your home especially for your cat that provides him with privacy. Makes sure it is located where others cannot sneak up on him. Having his own space will help make him feel safe and secure, while also fostering his strong sense of independence. It doesn't have to be elaborate; a crate makes an excellent resting spot, or you can provide him with an elevated perch so he can feel safe as he looks down on his surroundings.
Add Toys
Many cats love to play, which means they need plenty of toys to play with! Every indoor cat should have toys for batting around, toys for chasing and toys to hide inside. But some of the most enjoyable toys for both people and their cats are interactive toys, such as food puzzles or laser pointers (just be careful not to aim it in his eyes). And if your kitty playmate happens to go crazy for catnip, lots of toys come with it stuffed inside for an added treat.
Go Green
Speaking of catnip, most pet and garden stores carry the potted variety. If your cat likes to nibble on plants, catnip is way more enjoyable than your houseplants, and safer too
Let Him Scratch
If you are a cat owner, chances are you have claw marks on something in your home. Cats tend to love to scratch; it is a natural behavior they engage in to mark their territory, keep their claws in shape and stretch their bodies. Help keep your cat from shredding your sofa by providing him with multiple scratching surfaces. Some kitties like vertical surfaces and others may prefer scratching horizontally. Try varying the scratching material, too. Sisal rope, carpet and cardboard are a few you can try.
Channel His Inner Huntsman
While the thought of having all of your meals prepared and served to you might sound appealing, your feline friend doesn't necessarily agree. Cats are predatory by nature, so help your kitty fulfill his hunting fantasies by providing him with prey-like toys (think wands with feathers and fast-moving furry toys that mimic mice). Then sit back and watch him stalk and hunt like the tiger he knows he really is!
Go Wild With Perches and Climbing Systems
Consider how cats live in the wild when creating your cat's indoor environment. Outdoor cats can be seen climbing trees, running along fences or sitting in high places so they can keep on eye on their territory. You can mimic these conditions by simply moving furniture around or by investing in window perches, cat trees and climbing systems
Provide a Room With a View
 Make sure to open the shades on a few windows in your house so your cat can observe the outdoor goings-on. You can even install a bird feeder or two outside for a little added visual stimulation. If window watching isn't a possibility, try a TV. There are some companies that offer DVDs especially for cats.
Head Outdoors — Safely
If you still feel like your kitty needs some outdoor time, there are ways to provide it safely and securely. Try training him to walk on a leash. We know it sounds impossible, but it's not necessarily as hard as you may think. There are special cat harnesses specifically made for this purpose. And if you're so inclined, build a custom "catio," which is an enclosed patio designed to allow cats to safely spend time outside. But before you venture outside, check with your veterinarian to see if your cat needs additional vaccinations or parasite control.
Spend Some Quality Time Together

Most importantly, be sure to treat your kitty to a lot of one-on-one time with you. Whether it's playing, petting, grooming or just hanging out, your cat will be happy he's spending time with you.

Have a great day!

"How strange
to see the wrinkles
on the sides of my eyes
growing
and getting deeper
the older I get.
I laugh.  A lot.
This is the proof
and they
are my scars
of happiness."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RED

All's quiet on the home front.

The two cats I trapped yesterday.  Blackie was a sweetheart, it was very hard to let him go.  Black male cats tend to be the sweetest things ever, and I have a feeling he would make someone a good pet.  I found out during the day that the red kitty was a currently lactating female.  My heart sank hearing this.  Not sank, it died.  Knowing this little one was away from its kittens, if they were even alive made me sick, but not only that, my foster buddy offered to foster Red just before I was told this news after the clinic called me at work.  It was a very difficult decision, but I knew I had to release her.  I pretty much immediately did after she was brought back from the clinic.  I waited until around 7, yes, past my bedtime!, and brought her to the spot where I trapped her and quietly opened the carrier door for her and she sprang.  I did not see her this morning.  I did see Blackie.

Now for some kitten cuteness from the first batch of kittens.  They are being fostered by an obviously talented photographer!  I need Jennifer at my house for my little clan, and my sister's at her house for her little clan!~  They just won't pose for me!!!








Have a great day.

A Kitten
by Eleanor Farjeon

He's nothing much but fur
And two round eyes of blue,
He has a giant purr
And a midget mew.
He darts and pats the air,
He starts and cocks his ear,
When there is nothing there
For him to see and hear.
He runs around in rings,
But why we cannot tell;
With sideways leaps he springs
At things invisible -
Then half-way through a leap
His startled eyeballs close,
And he drops off to sleep With one paw on his nose.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TNR Tuesday!

Now THAT’S a knife!




Found this behind my shelter on Baldwin and Grand this morning.  Very rusty, no blood marks, but it’s a scary tool.  I am almost positive it was used for cutting down bamboo trees.  We have so many of them around here.  Hard to walk through them sometimes.  Gotta get out the old machete.

I brought four traps out with me this morning.  I set one at Garson. Hoping to get kittens mom.  One at Melville #1, the other at Melville #2, and the other on Parsells across from Baldwin where I’ve been feeding a young red boy, and where Blackie from the block down has been coming lately.  I had not seen him for ages.  He has some kind of injury or growth on his neck, and I’ve been putting medicine in his food.  Today was day three of it.  I pray it works.  Anyways, set a trap there, as Blackie is also not neutered, never would go in my trap when I used to set it for him on Grand and Baldwin.  I set it, and went about my business.    At Melville #1, I got the cat I TNR’d two weeks ago, the red one, and at Melville #2, I got a raccoon!  OK, so I set the traps again, go back to check on Garson, and I got this beautiful quiet black boy.

Blackie #2 from Garson - TNR Today
Went back to check on trap on Parsells, and boom!  Got little red.  Went back to get the other two traps up and out of there.  Went back to finish up my route.  I got home at 5:30 am, an hour and half after leaving the house, only to begin another day.  A day which will consist of giving some loving to Destiny, the mommy/nursing cat, giving squeezes to the kittens.

Little Red from Parsells - TNR Today (but adoptable...  😐 )

Maddie, the kitten my niece found who is being fostered by my sister, was brought to my house last night for surgery today.  She is big enough to be spayed, and boy is she a spit fire.  I have someone interested in Maddie, and I can’t wait for them to meet!  It’s a mother and her little girl – their cat is very very sick, and their cat is this little girl’s best friend, so its heartache for them to have to say goodbye, but Maddie will be a birthday surprise for her.  Let’s hope things all work out.

MADDIE!
Bunny is settling into her new home nicely.  She had a rough start with some big and loud canine brothers and sisters, but is adjusting, according to her new momma.  I am sure I will get a good update soon, with picture.

Pierre has a runny eye, but his foster mommy Kim is watching it.   She says he has the run of the house, and gets along fabulously with everyone.  Such a good boy!  We must find him a great home to live the rest of his long life ahead in!

Blossom is doing great in her foster home as well.  I have had three inquiries about her, but must pick the best one.  Fingers crossed that all works out!

I want to thank Lou and Andrea, a wonderful caring and kind couple, who made some wonderful shelters for me.  They went above and beyond to make, and deliver, at the ungodly hours I ask them to.  Thank you for doing what you do for the cat community. 

Last but not least, some more pictures of some of the little ones – I now have an Application to fill out for those interested in adopting them when the time comes. !

Spice, Tiggy, TJ, Sugar & Teddy!

Mike, Ike, Ben & Jerry

Spice in La La Land...

TACO!
Have a great day!

All things bright and beautiful, 

All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens, 
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate. 

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky; 

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;--

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

INSANITY

Lots of pictures today - be sure to click on them to ZOOM in!  

CARTER in new mom's lap
So Friday morning started out sad, as I wrote about in my last post.  The mother cat and her kittens found in a cooler bag – all five kittens died.  The plus side of this was that Carter was going to be adopted today by a wonderful family.  With a heavy heart, I drove him out to Farmington, all the while with him crying in the carrier.  Keep in mind, he was still fearful of humans, hiding when I went into the bathroom each time and having to pull him out from behind the toilet, but once in my arms, he would melt, and become a purrball of love.  I kept telling him on the drive there that all was good, he was going to have a wonderful life ahead of him, and love his new parents.  He didn’t believe me, of course, but I knew it well.

Once there, after placing him in a small room there was no where to hide, of course he found a place to hide anyway, under a tiny crawlspace under a desk.  How these cats contort their bodies, its crazy!  After I finally left, with a heavy heart, I began to get reports that he was coming out for his new mom, Myrna, and I began to feel better.  Reports as of today are much better, and he is loved immensely!

Destiny w/Posie, Toesie, Rosie and Bear

Destiny w/Bear, Rosie, Toesie, Taco
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I decided to move DESTINY (yes, I have given new mommy a new name) into the bathroom now that Carter was out.  She needed more room than being in the cage she was in trying to nurse her little ones before they passed.  I has received a call that morning saying that a girl in Ontario had found some kittens – four – and couldn’t care for them as she had so many jobs and she just couldn’t bottle feed them every two hours.  Of course I couldn’t say no – the REAL rescue groups are INUNDATED with kittens right now.  I knew they wouldn’t be able to take them, so I didn’t bother to reach out to them like I normally would.  In the ‘old days’, I wouldn’t even consider taking in kittens – I would tell them they would need to take them to Lollipop.  But things change over time I guess.  So around 4 pm, with Destiny in the bathroom with a gate up so she could have interaction with the other cats, and not feel so isolated, the girl arrived with a carrier of four baby kittens inside.  All screaming their tiny little heads off…  Well, I turned around and saw Destiny clawing at the gate, crying.    It was an unbelievable sight for sure.  I grabbed the carrier, went into the bathroom, took kittens out one by one, and Destiny layed down and each kitten took to a nipple, and the rest is history!



Yesterday, a friend referred ME to a friend (groan)..who had a week old kitten that was found somewhere on Lyell Avenue.  I raced over in the morning to grab kitten and raced back to place her with mommy, and baby immediately took to her milk.   I named kitten Taco.  Taco is very tiny, and I am praying she is getting enough milk from mom.   Taco won’t use the bottle or syringe I am trying to use with formula as supplement. The others are larger than her, and fighting for the milk also.  I have a girl on standby to help baby take the bottle.

I’ve named these sets of kittens:  Toesie, Rosie, Posie and Bear. 




MORE news…  So the four kittens from Garson Avenue – TJ (from Thomas Jefferson HS), Teddy and Tiggy (whose eye is looking better, but not completely), Sugar and Spice, who have been fostered by Kristin’s mom all last week, all came back to me yesterday, and they were driven to foster family Costello, who have two young girls that can give them lots of attention and socialization.  Thank God, phew!  Meanwhile, Kristin has a co-worker at school who lives in a trailer park in Holley, and they found four kittens under a lilac tree while gardening.  They called her yesterday and she called me.  I told her I would find someone for her to take the kittens.  My sister.  Thank God for her too.  She immediately said yes.  So here comes Kristin, back with four MORE kittens.  And off they go to my sister.  These four will not need to be bottle fed.  They will be on a slurry for now – baby food and KMR kitten milk replacement.  Tiny little things.




Gorgeous.  All of them.  Speaking of this, I am having a hard time grasping why people fight over the exceptional looking kittens.  They are all beautiful.  I really don’t understand.  That’s all I will say on that, as sooner or later, I need to get all fourteen kittens adopted.

Bunny update tomorrow.



Blossom update tomorrow.



Pierre update tomorrow!



Maddie update tomorrow.



Gotta run!

Have a great day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

WARNING: Graphic Picture - Read at your own risk...



Yesterday was a whirlwind.  Someone tagged me on a crime alert post because someone in the 19th Ward found a cooler bag with kittens inside.  Mother was just there also.  She needed help.  I offered advice, and then I offered to take them because no one was really stepping up to the plate that I could see had any experience whatsoever with newborns.  I surely don't, but it seemed to me that I would have been the best choice.  Another woman, who knew where this woman that posted this, went over there and got the kittens, zipped them and the mother up in the bag, and drove them directly to my house, where they were immediately placed inside a cage.  Once kittens and mother were out, kittens were nursing heartily.  Mother turned out to be a sweetheart.  All was good.






This morning, I found little red outside his cage, dead.  I wrapped him up sorrowfully, and went out on my route.  I got back from my route just now, and went to check on babies.  Couldn't find them.  Moved mother, and they were under her, dead.  I held them, tried to give them a drop of formula, nothing.  I can't believe this happened.  I don't know WHY it happened.  Here I sat on my porch last evening reading up on how to care for newborns, and how critical certain stages of their growth are critical from day to day. 

Poor babies - all three are in heaven now.
I am devastated.  Mother doesn't seem to be too concerned.  She is quiet and just watching me from the cage.  I will have her spayed on Tuesday, and the woman that drove her and the kittens here had expressed interest in adopting her.  I have reached out to her to tell her the sad news.  I will wrap kittens up together and place in a small box and bury them.  I just can't believe this.

So much other news but I must end here.  I may have another four kittens delivered today.  So much going on.  So many people reaching out to me for help.  I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Wish me luck, and have a good day yourself.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Too Many...

Lord.  So I get a call from the sister of a good friend I went to Catholic grammar school with.  Jack the Crack we call her.  Hysterical story.  Her sister is a hoot too.  So Maria is a teacher at a city school and someone found this kitten on the grounds of the school.  They are searching for any others, its very sad.  But not for this little bugger.  I offered to take kitten as its eyes were glued shut and I knew it was hungry.  She had it in a box for a couple of hours before it was brought to me.  I think its a he.  About four weeks old. 









I reached out to the cat community and several offered eye meds but I wanted one of three I was advised to use by a kitten expert, Karla from Keller's Kats.  I already had the formula mixed so he gobbled down the bottle I fed him.  Laura from Habitat for Cats came to the rescue with the eye meds last night.  His eyes look much better today.   I gave him a bath this morning and the water was red which means that fleas were just eating him alive. 

My plan is to place this babe with the other four that are being fostered by Kristin's mom this week - they are all about the same age - I will take kittens back this weekend to my house.

I am sickened by all the kittens being born, and people reaching out to me now for help.  My heart aches.  I received this just now.  I will end the post here for the day.  But so glad I was able to get this baby.  Pray the others in the litter either were saved, or their short lives ended without pain and suffering.

Facebook this morning:

A stray cat had kittens on my porch last night and I found them in a cooler bag I keep on my porch on my way off to work this mornng. I called 311 and was told that animal control won't do anything with them because they are stray kittens. She told me to try calling them later to see what to do with them. Does anyone have any suggestions? I left them in the cooler bag on my porch. I didn't want to touch them. I don't even know how many it is in the bag. One was dead this morning on the porch...that's how we found the rest.
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Jenny Lynn You can take them in to Verona street.

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Sara Rose Find someone to foster maybe.... This so sad i hate stray kittens:(. I really dont know myself what to do. I have a nursing cat tho. If worse came to worse n mom didnt come back u could try n bring them here she may nurse them...

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Janine Wagner Sara, are you going to have your cat spayed? I can refer you to low cost clinic?

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Donna Williams Fichter She said it's a stray cat that he
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Sara Rose Yes Janine Wagner i plan to next month.

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Janine Wagner I can help you if you need it Sara. I have trap, and can give you one of my spots at Bay Street clinic. but mom needs to be spayed right away.

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Marlene Vazquez They can go to Verona st or lollypop farm if u can't take them inbox me I will

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Gladys Washington How many is it and do you see the mother coming back and forth to them

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Kevin Zona Take dead one out as soon as possible. You will either wind up with all dead kittens and or one real smelly porch. Wear gloves.

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Janine Wagner Laurie, can you please update us?

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Heather Mary Can you take pics

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Laurie Session Sorry I was actually on my way to work. We did remove the dead one. I'm not sure how many are in the bag. I did leave the flap open. No I haven't seen the mother coming and going.

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Laurie Session I couldn't stay any longer than I did I had to get my kids to school and be to work all before 730

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Janine Wagner Laurie, I just private messaged you.

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Heather Mary Those poor kittens

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Gladys Washington Ok.....i will come and get them if its not a huge litter because they will die if she is not feeding them

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Laurie Session Thanks Gladys Washington they are in a black cooler bag in the back area of the porch by the window. I am worried about these kittens.

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Gladys Washington Right me too if the mother abanded them without food they will die

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Laurie Session This has me stressed out. I was lie why wouldn't animal control come help...that's what they do right.

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Gladys Washington Cause they have no room but thats there fault its there job

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Gladys Washington But people need to stop getting these animals and not taking care of them and they need to be spaded

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Laurie Session I just assumed that if they came for stray dogs that had puppies they would do it for cats too.

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Laurie Session You are so right. Because as soon as we heard the crying Ladi said mommy can we keep it...broke my heart that we couldn't

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Gladys Washington Girl i was told they killing them after time go by cause no room

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Laurie Session OMG why would they do that...crazy. I would rather they stay being strays then. I know that sounds horrible but atleast they aren't dead. Smh

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Janine Wagner Gladys, I have formula and baby bottles. Do you need? Where do you live???

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